Connecting Families through Community Collaboration
Often wonder how you can make a difference?
You DO- everyday!
"You are a key co-author in the book of your child's life."
LTUSD is grateful for our most valued partner in education- YOU!
Here are three tips to keep family engagement and student success going throughout the entire year:
- Involvement makes a big difference. Research shows that family engagement is the largest factor in student success, so check out ways to get and stay engaged at school, at home – and even on the go – at www.capta.org/how-to-help-your-child-succeed
- Parent-teacher communication is key. Strong interaction, teamwork and partnership between families and teachers creates the optimal environment for student success. Learn more at www.capta.org/tips-for-parents
- Parent advocacy opportunities are everywhere. New state laws and standards mean new opportunities for parents to get involved in the education process. Read more about PTA's commitment to education at www.capta.org/education.
Free Family Engagement Resources
We're all about family engagement, and so are these resources! Stay informed and get engaged with these free resources:
- Seasons of LCAP – This flier helps parents stay involved all year long and is available in six languages. Download
- Parents' Guide to Student Success – Also available in six languages, this guide outlines what your child is learning at every grade level. Download
- 100 Ways to Help Your Child and School Succeed – This flier educates on how to support your child's learning at home, at school and even on the go, and is available in English and Spanish. Download
What is Earth Day?
South Tahoe Earth Day sums up this day of recognition best: Earth Day recognizes, celebrates, and promotes our region’s unique beauty while educating the public about local environmental issues... learn about ways to counteract global climate change through recycling and composting, alternative energy, water conservation, sustainability, and reducing our ecological footprint.
How does Earth Day look in our schools?
Every site is celebrating this day in their own unique way. The School Garden Group of STEEC has just finished a week-long district wide partnership to invite local elementary schools to GO GREEN! Each day between April 16-20 had a specific focus that was centered around collaboration and family engagement. This event ended with a feast where students had a chance to microgreens they grew over the week.
Where can we celebrate as a family?
Glad you asked- here are some local free and family-friendly events
Bijou Community Park
Enjoy local live music and dance, swing through the Kid Zone to make some recycle-themed arts and crafts, or get your face painted, and be sure to support or wide array of educational booths and local vendors. Food and local crafts will be available for purchase, and don’t forget to buy some raffle tickets for our huge Earth Day raffle!
Delicious local food and drink!
Live music and stage performances – Local South Lake Tahoe Bluegrass band BISON! Hour Long Drum Circle with Liz Broscoe!
Grover Hot Springs State Park
MARKLEEVILLE, CA- The Alpine Watershed Group will be hosting an Earth Day Work Day on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Grover Hot Springs State Park. This event allows for the completion of important restoration work to a beautiful, and important alpine meadow. Volunteers are needed to help with invasive weed removal, fence rebuilding and extension, and state park maintenance. All are welcome to attend. No experience is necessary.
Participants will gather at Grover Hot Springs at 8:30 am for registration and introductions. Volunteers are asked to bring water in reusable water bottles (as we will provide water re-fill stations), sun protection, and appropriate clothing. The work day will wrap up at 12:30 pm and snacks will be provided. Our sponsors, Starbucks and Subway will be providing coffee and pastries in the morning and sandwiches for lunch.
Awards and Recognition!
local law ENFORCEMENT and public safety
LTUSD is thankful for the women and men who serve our community through public safety. We recognize the support they offer the District and hope you do as well! Here are some events they have been involved in:
- Immediate consultation on school-safety related matters
- Social media outreach that shares awareness and recognition such as the recent tweet on a smoke alarm recall
- Always happy to visit our schools and host field trips
- Leading public health and safety trainings
- Being courageous and strong mentors for our children
- Constant presence at numerous community events such as the recent Optimist Easter Egg Hunt and the National Night Out last August
The next Board of Education meeting is this Tuesday, April 24, 2017, at 5:00 PM, commencing at Lake Tahoe Community College for our Annual Joint Board Meeting. Open Session will reconvene at the Education Center Board Room at 7:00 PM. Closed Session is at the end of Open Session. Tuesday's Joint Board Meeting Study Session agenda includes: Teacher Education Partnership, Dual Enrollment, Calendar Alignment, Gift of Literacy Pilot Program, Lake Tahoe College Promise, and Enrollment Trends. And on the regular LTUSD agenda the District will present the Annual Update for Year 1 of the 2017-20 Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP); Al Tahoe Boiler Project bid; and Collective Bargaining Proposals. The Board will discuss the Board Governance Calendar and hold its annual self-evaluation. We hope you can join us! Here is a link to the agenda (click on April 24, 2018 in the right column).
Why Wellness Matters
Maintaining an optimal level of wellness is absolutely crucial to live a higher quality life. Wellness matters. Wellness matters because everything we do and every emotion we feel relates to our well-being. In turn, our well-being directly affects our actions and emotions. It’s an ongoing circle. Therefore, it is important for everyone to achieve optimal wellness in order to subdue stress, reduce the risk of illness and ensure positive interactions.
What is Wellness?
Wellness is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life. Wellness is more than being free from illness, it is a dynamic process of change and growth.
"...a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity."
- The World Health Organization
"a conscious, self-directed and evolving process of achieving full potential."
- The National Wellness Institute
Lake Tahoe Educational Foundation
Please take a moment to thank a LTEF Member when you see them in our community!
The diligent work of the Lake Tahoe Educational Foundation (LTEF) has allowed our students to participate in an multitude of educational and enrichment programs that would have been otherwise unavailable to our schools. For nearly 30 years, the LTEF has operated as a volunteer-lead non-profit organization whose driving purpose is to "support the educational programs and needs of the Lake Tahoe Unified School District. " This is done through a fall and spring grant request process in which LTEF provides $40,000 to $60,000 each year to enrichment grants. Individual and business donations are the sole source for the LTEF fund. If you are interested in learning more or wish to donate, please visit the Foundation at http://www.ltedf.org/. Here photos from are some of the 24 programs that received a total of $69,552.40 in LTEF grants this year!